Title 78A - Judiciary and Judicial Administration - Chapter 6 - Juvenile Court Act - Part 5 - Termination of Parental Rights Act - Section 514 - Voluntary relinquishment -- Irrevocable.

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Renumbered 9/1/2021 78A-6-514 Voluntary relinquishment -- Irrevocable. (1) Voluntary relinquishment or consent for termination of parental rights shall be signed or

confirmed under oath either: (a) before a judge of any court that has jurisdiction over proceedings for termination of parental

rights in this state or any other state, or a public officer appointed by that court for the purpose of taking consents or relinquishments; or

(b) except as provided in Subsection (2), any person authorized to take consents or relinquishments under Subsections 78B-6-124(1) and (2).

(2) Only the juvenile court is authorized to take consents or relinquishments from a parent who has any child who is in the custody of a state agency or who has a child who is otherwise under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

(3) The court, appointed officer, or other authorized person shall certify to the best of that person's information and belief that the person executing the consent or relinquishment has read and understands the consent or relinquishment and has signed it freely and voluntarily.

(4) A voluntary relinquishment or consent for termination of parental rights is effective when it is signed and may not be revoked.

(5) The requirements and processes described in Sections 78A-6-503 through 78A-6-510 do not apply to a voluntary relinquishment or consent for termination of parental rights. The court need only find that the relinquishment or termination is in the child's best interest.

(6) There is a presumption that voluntary relinquishment or consent for termination of parental rights is not in the child's best interest where it appears to the court that the primary purpose is to avoid a financial support obligation. The presumption may be rebutted, however, if the court finds the relinquishment or consent to termination of parental rights will facilitate the establishment of stability and permanency for the child.

(7) Upon granting a voluntary relinquishment the court may make orders relating to the child's care and welfare that the court considers to be in the child's best interest.